God Knows Your Heart | Luke 16:14-18

God Knows Your Heart | Luke 16:14-18

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Luke 16:14-18 ESV  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.  (15)  And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.  (16)  “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.  (17)  But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void. (18) Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.“

You May be Seated

  • We have spent the last two weeks talking about Money… an uncomfortable subject to talk about, and a difficult subject to preach about, and probably just as difficult to listen to sermons about.
    • But because we preach through Scripture, not skipping anything, when Scripture talks about money we talk about money.
    • If it was important enough for Jesus to preach about then I think it ought to be important enough for us to preach about. Amen?!
  • But now Jesus moves to the crux of the issue… the heart. Look at this line in verse 15, this is going to be our focus this morning…

Luke 16:15a ESV  And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts…

  • God knows your heart…
    • GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART! That’s the crux of the issue, that’s what’s important… GOD KNOWS OUR HEARTS…
  • So that is what we are going to preach about today.

Bring Up Title Slide

God Knows Your Heart, yes He does… let’s pray.

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Point One – God Knows Your Heart, and that’s Nothing to Boast About

  • Point one this morning… God knows your heart and that’s nothing to boast about…
    • Yet I have heard so many people boast, brag, and proclaim their own righteousness by simply shouting “God knows my heart!”
    • People caught in sin defend themselves “GOD KNOWS MY HEART!”
    • People running from God and godliness will shout when confronted “GOD KNOWS MY HEART”
    • People who actively chose to do wrong over and over again think they can excuse their sin by boasting “BUT GOD KNOWS MY HEART”.
  • Well yes dear sinner, God does know your heart, and that is nothing to boast about.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 ESV  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  (10)  “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

  • The heart is deceitful… it is a liar and a manipulator! Above everything else your heart is, it is deceitful!
    • IT IS DESPERATLY SICK!
  • The only one who can understand it is the Lord… and He will search it out and He will test it… and He will see how wicked and sick it is…
    • Then He will give you according to the wickedness and deceit of your heart!
  • You know out of context verse 10 there might be encouraging, you see God is judging my heart not my deeds, and He is going to repay me according to my heart… how nice…
  • But in context, verse 10 is not a good thing, because verse 9 makes it clear what condition our hearts are in.
  • Jesus says this regarding the heart:

Matthew 15:18-19 ESV  But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.  (19)  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

  • The truth is, our hearts… that is, our feelings or emotions, are LIARS!
    • Our heart wants what feels good, what satisfies now, what gives the most comfort.
  • And for the pharisees, whom Jesus was talking to in our key passage today, for the pharisees that was money.
  • You see in todays society people act evil and hide behind the phrase “God knows my heart” or “Only God can judge me”.
  • But for the pharisees, I.E. the people in the church who act like they are Godly but have no real relationship with God…
    • For the pharisees it was opposite… they ACTED holy, but their motives were sinful, in this case, their motives were money.

Luke 16:14-15 ESV  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.  (15)  And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

  • Jesus says “you act so holy, in fact, when people look at you they THINK you are holy! BUT GOD SEES YOUR HEART! And it is wicked.”
    • This show that you are putting on to look holy…
      • You go to church
      • You quote the Bible
      • You sing all the songs
    • GOD KNOWS IT IS NOT REAL! AND IT IS AN ABOMINATION.
    • Jesus calls their motives out right from the get go… YOU ARE LOVERS OF MONEY.
  • The only reason you are in the business of religion is because you like the money it provides.
    • Church how many of y’all know that there are some pastors out there who are in it for the money.
    • How many of y’all know that there are some Christians out there who are in it for the blessings.
      • I believe that there are people even in our church who claim to be Christians and put on a false face of religion, but really they are not here for Jesus, they are here for His blessings.
        • And if that is you, let me warn you, GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.
  • And this is true even so for the Christian, for the Born again, for the believer in Christ Jesus… We can’t just ignore the wickedness of our heart.
  • David, one of the Holiest men to ever live, recognized that even though he was all in for God, his heart still had the ability to be evil.

Psalms 51:10 ESV  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

  • This means that David looked into his heart and saw it was dirty… otherwise why would he ask God to create in him a clean heart?
  • Even the born again, yes God gives us new life in Him… but scripture still challenges us to guard our hearts…
    • It can be lead astray so easily by the things of this world… by the pride of the flesh and the lust of the eyes.
  • And so here is Jesus, preaching about using money to serve God, and He turns his focus back on the Pharisees and says “LOOK AT WHAT THE LOVE OF MONEY PRODUCES, LOOK AT WHAT A WICKED HEART, WHAT WICKED MOTIVES PRODUCES… IT PRODUCES EVIL!”

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

  • “The LOVE of money” it is the “LOVE” of money that is the roots of all kinds of evil… THAT IS TALKING ABOUT A HEART CONDITION.
    • If your heart loves money and you are following your heart, then you will wind up in all kinds of evil.
    • Remember the list Jesus gave in Matthew 15?

Matthew 15:19 ESV  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

  • These are heart conditions…
    • If your heart loves fornication… and you follow your heart, don’t be surprised when you wind up in adultery.
    • If your heart loves pride… and you follow your heart… don’t be surprised if you end up as a slanderous liar.
    • If your heart loves only yourself… and you end up following your heart… don’t be surprised when you wind up a murderer.
  • No, as a Christian we ought not follow our heart… we ought cleanse our heart.
    • Our heart ought not to be something we follow, but instead our heart ought to be something we lead.
    • And where should we lead our heart? To love God.

Mark 12:30 ESV  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart! That is not something that just happens!
    • This is an active discipline.
    • It is you, with the help of God, grabbing your heart and saying “LISTEN! I don’t care what you think you want, I am not who I used to be!”
    • “Heart! I AM GOING TO TAKE YOU AND USE YOU TO LOVE GOD! And everything that is not loving of God inside of you I am going to burn away! And then I am going to set up a fortress of protection around you so that you may be fully guarded, never again going back to the wickedness of your own ways.
    • And no, heart, I am not going to let you just be, I am going to check in with you multiple times a day to make sure you are loving God, and if you aren’t then I will cry out to God to cleanse you again!
    • Because, Heart, no longer to I serve you… I SERVE GOD, and because you are a part of me heart, I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE YOU TO WILL SERVE GOD!
  • Church listen to me! GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART! You better make sure you know your heart too.

Point Two – God Know who you Serve.

  • Now that all brings us to point two, GOD KNOWS HOW YOU SERVE!
    • God knows who you serve! The world may be deceived, but God is not! HE KNOWS WHO YOU SERVE.
    • Remember this line from last weeks sermon, it is very important to understand the context of the following verses:

Luke 16:13 ESV  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

  • Before talking about the scriptures we are covering today Jesus says “No one can serve two masters, you can not serve both God and money”.
  • Then he says “The pharisees are lovers of money” In other words… they are serving money and not God.

Luke 16:14-18 ESV  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him.  (15)  And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.  (16)  “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.  (17)  But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.  (18)  “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

  • Now let’s take a moment to slow down and grasp this whole passage…
    • Why does Jesus go from talking about the Pharisees love of money… to The Law of the prophets… to divorce?
      • Is Jesus being scatter brained here…
      • Maybe the Son of God is suffering from a bit of ADD?
      • No, of course not.
      • This is all one sermon, this was said all in the same breath.
      • Jesus is not being ADD, He is not preaching 6 different sermons at once, He is simply emphasizing his point.
  • Jesus is saying “Listen Pharisees, you think the Law will save you, you think obeying every bit of the Old Testament will save you, but that’s now how it works…
    • Don’t you know that the Law has fulfilled its purpose… it’s purpose was to illustrate a need for a savior, it’s purpose was to point to Me” Jesus tells them… that’s what he means in verse 16

Luke 16:16 ESV  “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.”

  • He says look at all these people, pressing, and pushing, and forcing their way here to hear the gospel… but you are still focused on the Law!
    • The Law doesn’t save, Jesus is proclaiming!
      • I SAVE! MY BLOOD SAVES! SERVE ME!
    • And then, unless anyone is confused, He clarifies in verse 17

Luke 16:17 ESV  But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.

  • Jesus is saying “The law still exists! It has not been destroyed, it has been FULFILLED.
    • Therefore if something was morally wrong then, it is morally wrong now.
    • And then Jesus gives an example of a moral law that has not and will not pass away… He says this in the following verse.

Luke 16:18 ESV  “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

  • Now Jesus here I don’t believe is trying to preach about divorce and remarriage… He preaches that on a different occasion.
    • And certainly, it is true that divorce and remarriage, except in very specific cases, is the same thing as adultery, scripture makes that clear here and elsewhere.
  • But what I think Jesus is doing is twofold, first He is saying “The law doesn’t save, but it hasn’t gone away either… if was morally wrong then, it is morally wrong now, for example, divorce…
  • But I think Jesus is making a much deeper point here. I think Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees to the extreme!
    • He is saying “You act like you love God, you act like you serve Him, but truly you have left Him for another”
    • “You have left God, who was supposed to be your Groom! And you have chased after another lover, money!”
    • “You have divorced God and married money! Don’t you know you are truly cheating on God by following your heart?”
  • And the sermon for you, church, today, is that YOU CAN’T SERVE TWO MASTERS.
    • If you are born again then you are part of the bride of Christ.
    • Everything that motivates you other than your love for God is truly a mistress, a false lover.
  • And here is the deal, GOD KNOWS WHO YOU SERVE. You are not fooling Him.
    • The pharisees had EVERYONE fooled, but they did not fool God.
  • Whom are you serving… I don’t need you to tell your neighbor, I don’t need you to tell me… but I need you to tell yourself.
    • Because God knows who you are serving, you better know too.
    • And if the answer is not God and only God then it’s time to cry out like David… “Create in me a clean heart”.

Conclusion

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Amanda Sings Create in me a Clean Heart.

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